"Throughout elementary and middle school, I was the textbook definition of a bully target. I was weak, shy, and a bit of a loner. I had a few friends, but we all fell into the same category of bully magnets. Since we all fell into the same social category, we formed a fairly tight-knit group and kept to our own little social circle. Even then, I was still a loser. I wasn't too good at meeting people and making new friends. If I ended up in a class without anybody I knew, I'd just fade into the background of the class.
I was cursed by my shyness when it came to meeting new people. I'd look for my first chance to escape and hightail it to the nearest quiet corner of the school.
This curse began to carry on through high school until my Sophomore year, when one of the school bullies noticed me reading the December 1998 copy of EGM in my Graphic Arts class. Normally, I'd just catch my daily dose of harassment from him so I braced myself when he started walking towards me. But as he got closer he stopped, looked at what I was reading, then sat next to me and asked what kind of score Metal Gear Solid got."